Is the concept of waste universal? Handling building demolition by-products in the city of Kano, Nigeria

Abdullahi, AL and Lee, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0769-5215 2018, 'Is the concept of waste universal? Handling building demolition by-products in the city of Kano, Nigeria' , Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation, 8 (1) , pp. 1779-1788.

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Abstract

While old and new studies such as the works of Henry Lewis Morgan in 1871 on kinship and Geert Hofstede in 1980 on management theories show that what works in one cultural setting may not work in another, the United Nation policies on environmental governance to-date tend to be a uniform approach for all nations irrespective of the differences in cultural orientation. This paper investigates and demonstrates that in the context of construction and demolition wastes, what may be considered as waste in one society may be a wealth in another society; and the waste management policies that work in one society may not work in another. Therefore the one-way traffic approach in international environmental governance whereby the waste management practices of the rich countries are considered as a perfect model to be emulated by the poorer countries may be wrong. In some instance, such as the building demolition management practices in Nigeria, the systems of the developing countries may even be more sustainable than what is obtainable in the rich countries. Instead of dismissing the systems of the developing countries as informal and inferior, such systems may be holding the key to the sustainable solutions for waste management that the world needs so much.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation
Publisher: Sabinet
ISSN: 2223-7852
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Depositing User: Professor Angela Lee
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 14:15
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 12:37
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/49765

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